- the ruling, bureaucratic elite of the former Soviet Union, made up of members of the Communist Party who were chosen by the party to hold positions of leadership and privilege in government and industry
- any similar ruling elite
Origin of nomenklaturaRuss, a listing of positions to be filled from Classical Latin nomenclatura: see nomenclator
used with a sing. or pl. verb The privileged set of people appointed by patronage to senior positions in the bureaucracy of the Soviet Union and some other Communist states.
Origin of nomenklaturaRussian from Latin nōmenclātūra list of names ; see nomenclature .
(countable and uncountable, plural nomenklaturas)